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Cab Calloway

Photographed by William Gottlieb, 1947
Background information
Birth name Cabell Calloway III
Born (1907-12-25)December 25, 1907
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Died November 18, 1994(1994-11-18) (aged 86)
Hockessin, Delaware, U.S.
Genres Jazz, blues, swing
Occupation(s) Bandleader, Singer-Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1930–94
Associated acts The Cab Calloway Orchestra
Website www.cabcalloway.com

90%, 100% are going there to hear the singing. The story is another thing. Nobody's interested in the story. Happiness is happiness.
Cab Calloway
I think it was just an opera. Now, you go to opera, you expect to see and hear what the opera is. So, it was Catfish Row. It was singers. Marvelous voices. It didn't make no difference what color they were.
Cab Calloway
We didn't have any segregation at the Cotton Club. No. The Cotton Club was wide open, it was free.
Cab Calloway
Everybody that you could name would join in our audiences from, Laguardia on down. Everybody came. Everybody came to the Cotton Club.
Cab Calloway
It's very difficult to photograph an opera. And they messed up on it. It just wasn't there. And I don't blame the Gershwins for taking it away. Of course, if they had gotten the original company to have done it, it would have been very good.
Cab Calloway
At times as a performer they segregated us in some of theatres.
We usually never got out of there before four or five o'clock in the morning. Every morning. So it was rough.
Cab Calloway
A movie and a stage show are two entirely different things. A picture, you can do anything you want. Change it, cut out a scene, put in a scene, take a scene out. They don't do that on stage.
Cab Calloway
You don't think it was because a white man wrote it, a black man wrote it, a green man wrote it. What – doesn't make a difference! Doesn't make a difference. I think he did a good job.
Cab Calloway
The only credit I can give them. They synchronize wonderful. That's all. They synchronize very – you would have thought that they were actually acting, but they were synching all the time, and that's a rough job.
Cab Calloway
That's what George wrote! He wrote it. Why change it? There was this European company that I was speaking about awhile ago – course, didn't nobody know what Porgy was.
Cab Calloway
What opera isn't violent? Two things happen, violence and love. And other than that, name something else. You can't.
Cab Calloway
He was a silly guy. Out – do the other guy. That was his effort at all times.
Cab Calloway
My audience was my life. What I did and how I did it, was all for my audience.
Cab Calloway
Bubbles was a very good dancer. Tremendous dancer. He was one of our leading dancers of the country at that time. And, of course, he didn't have much of a voice.
Cab Calloway
Everybody did something. It was very entertaining. We had a lot of fun. Lot of fun. And there was no segregation, that I could see. I never saw any.
Cab Calloway